Looking for Cincinnati Corporate Catering? You Must Try Aynie’s

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Food is a huge part of every person’s life. It brings people together in a way that nothing else can.

So when catering food, why settle for anything less than the best?

For over 21 years, Aynie’s Catering has been providing fresh and wholesome food to thousands of customers.

The secret to success? Variety.

With such a broad spectrum of food available, there is something for everyone to enjoy no matter your taste or preference. At any group event, a great meal with fresh, locally grown food makes every individual feel catered to (no pun intended).

Catering isn’t just about the food—it’s about the experience. That being said, excellent food guarantees a great time. It is practically impossible to not enjoy yourself while in the presence of mouth-watering food.

Aynie’s offers fresh, creative, and delicious options for breakfast, lunch, and dessert.

Breakfast

What better way to start the day than with a tasty breakfast? After all, it is the most important meal of the day and it’s only right to start out with a hit.

For breakfast, Aynie’s offers everything from colorful fruit trays to freshly baked casseroles. We offer a continental breakfast, which includes fruit salad, pastries, bagels, muffins, along with coffee, juice, and/or water.

We also offer pastry assortments of 24 various muffins, bagels and other pastries. There is also a separate bagel tray that comes with 20 bagels and cream cheese, jam, and butter.

Aynie’s also serves quiche: three cheese, bacon cheddar, or spinach feta. These quiches are individually baked for your event, fresh and never processed. The delicious dish comes with a side of seasonal fruit as well.

Unique breakfast options offered daily at Aynie’s are breakfast burrito bars and breakfast sandwiches.

The burrito bar includes scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar cheese, diced peppers, salsa, sour cream, and your choice of diced bacon, ham or sausage.

The breakfast sandwich combo includes eggs with the Cincinnati classic Goetta and cheddar, egg, chicken sausage and cheese, peppercorn bacon, and egg and waffles. Both the burrito and sandwich options include fresh fruit on the side.

Other breakfast classics that are served include seasonal casseroles, yogurt parfaits with bagels, muffins, and fruit, bacon or sausage with scrambled eggs, or oatmeal.

We also serve the most important part of a great breakfast—freshly brewed hot coffee. In the words of one happy customer, Aynie’s has “the best coffee ever,” and no one deserves to start out the day with a bad cup of coffee—so why not serve the best?

Lunch

For Aynie’s lunch, we have a huge selection of salads, sandwiches, soups, and wraps. We offer boxed lunches of salad and sandwiches/wraps: the nosh box executive, the salad bosh box, the nosh box basic, and the sandwich and chopped salad box. Each different option varies with the sides offered, but it’s impossible to go wrong.

With each colorful bowl of bright greens, it’s not a stretch to say that our salads are truly a work of art. Each salad is handcrafted for the event, and is sure to make an impression.

As said by one customer, it is the freshness of our food that sets us apart because it doesn’t have the “institutional taste a lot of catering companies have” and a prime example of this is our salad.

Our most colorful salad options include the sunflower spinach salad, the Findlay Market salad, and the Mexplosion Flatbread Salad.

The Sunflower Spinach salad includes crispy bacon, bleu cheese, a hard-boiled egg, red onion, tomato, and sunflower seeds. The veggies in that salad are really what make it stand out, similar to the Findlay Market salad, topped with seasonal and fresh veggies. The Mexplosion salad, another unique option, is inside a jalapeno cheddar flatbread, with black beans, roasted corn, green onions, cilantro, avocado, and mixed greens.  

The other salad options include the classic Aynies Salad, Turkey Medallion, Deli, Chicken Caesar Flatbread, Aynie’s Mandarin, Chicken Avocado & Citrus, Low Carb, Cobb, and a Scoop of Chicken Salad. No matter what your diet or your taste, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Just as there are a ton of salad choices, we offer a variety of sandwiches and wraps as well.

In the boxed lunches, we serve Cranberry Walnut Turkey, Homemade Egg Salad, Dijon Chicken, Ham and Swiss, Roast Beef and White Cheddar, Turkey Cheddar, Italian Wrap, Veggie Wrap, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, & Tomato, Oven Roasted Chicken Breast, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Avocado BLT, Greek Wrap, and Turkey, Bacon and Ranch Club.

Sarah, a customer, shared reactions to the quality of Aynie’s Corporate Catering. Everyone was “raving about how delicious lunch was” at her event. Rose, another customer, adds that “not a speck was left” of their food. We work to make our food the talk of the party because at Aynie’s, catering is all about the experience.

Dessert

No meal is complete without a sweet treat at the end. We offer trays of cookies, brownies, and cupcakes.

If you’re on a diet, you shouldn’t even have a bite—because with our rich flavors, it will turn into you eating three times what you wanted. If you’re not on a diet, consider this heaven!

Why Go With Aynie’s For Your Corporate Catering

For 21 years, Aynie’s has been providing food that not only is presented creatively but tastes fantastic. Everything is carefully crafted only with the freshest ingredients. No matter the occasion, Aynie’s has what you want and need in order to create a lively atmosphere at your event.

If you are in need of catering, you have to try Aynie’s. Let us prove to you why so many customers call our craft “magic.” Order from Aynie’s Catering for your work meetings or celebrations in Cincinnati, OH and the surrounding area.  

Try The Emperor’s Salad With Black Rice From Cincinnati’s Corporate Caterer

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Black rice?  I’m betting this might be the reaction of many people when they are served rice that isn’t white or brown.

Also called the Emperor’s Rice or Forbidden Rice, black rice isn’t a staple in most American diets.

Black rice has been grown across Asia for centuries.  Commoners in ancient China never tasted this rice variety, as it was only enjoyed by the Emperor. Very little was grown and what was produced was hoarded by the emperor, royalty, and the wealthy.  

Today, most Americans won’t be able to find black rice in typical grocery stores, but only in health food, gourmet stores or Asian supermarkets. It’s worth trying because it’s brimming with nutrition and has a mild, nutty flavor.

This black, sometimes purple, rice is a great source of flavonoid phytonutrients. Flavonoid phytonutrients is an impressive term for brightly colored foods that lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma and strokes.

Similarly, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries have many flavonoid phytonutrients. Black rice has a higher amount of antioxidants, protein and dietary fiber than any other variety of rice.

Research is showing a strong possibility that it may affect our brain health. Black rice is also a source of the mineral iron and for non meat eaters it can be a source of plant based protein.  This rice is a source of the antioxidant Vitamin E , which is critical for your immune health as well as your eye health.  The Emperor’s Rice is reported to cleanse the liver of toxic buildup. Like other rice varieties, black rice is a naturally gluten free.

When purchasing black rice, be certain to only buy “whole black rice”.  

Two popular types of black rice are Indonesian black rice and Thai jasmine black rice. This type of rice is less processed, keeping the hull and bran, where the fiber and antioxidants are located. Black rice has 2-3 grams per one-half cup serving.

Before cooking, the rice needs to soak in water for at least an hour. Black rice is a versatile ingredient.  Puddings, cakes, stir fries, soups, noodles and salads are a few dishes where black rice is the main ingredient.  

A couple great web sites for black rice recipes are Veg Kitchen and Brit+Co.

If you’re intrigued and would like to sample the Emperor’s Rice, Aynie’s Catering is featuring a black rice salad as a seasonal offering on their February Features Menu.  

The Emperor’s Salad combines black rice, quinoa, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes.  

This salad is served on a bed of mixed greens and topped with pomegranate seeds. This nutritional salad may be ordered by itself as a box lunch.

One of February’s All Inclusive Buffets features the Emperor’s Salad as a side with a Mini Sandwich Tray, fruit salad and a cookie tray.  

Aynie’s Catering works hard to offer new and unique menu items in their Monthly Feature Menu.

Winter Storms

Hunker down and get ready for our next winter storm. I must admit that I love summer. The hotter the better. What about Cincinnati heat and humidity? Bring it on…I love it! Snow is a four letter word in my world. However, there is nothing quite like the anticipation of a snow event at the beginning of the weekend.

Sipping coffee this past rainy Friday morning I was thinking about all the recipes I had gathered this past fall. With significant ice and snow forecasted, it was the perfect weekend to hang out by the fire and try out new favorites.

I follow a lot of blogs and personalities and am always fascinated by what’s cooking in other people’s kitchens. I’ve been known to put together complicated and complex recipes, but by far my favorite are the dishes that come together with minimal ingredients and fresh flavors.

This weekend we are pulling together Carnitas or “little meats”. I swung down to Findlay Market and picked up a Pork Shoulder and other ingredients. If you don’t visit Findlay Market regularly, you are missing out!

I’m using my crock pot, although Carnitas are traditionally prepared in a large copper pot. I used this recipe at home and my house smelled awesome. We did crisp our pork under the broiler to make a more traditional carnitas but it was really moist and delicious right out of the slow cooker.

At Aynie’s this month we are featuring Aynie’s Fajita Salad Bar. You can choose this with Chicken or Carnitas. Chicken is our most popular option not only because it is delish but it is also has wide appeal. Many customers are nervous about trying new items. Step out of the safety zone and try the Carnitas. You will not be disappointed.

At home I kept it simple and served the Carnitas on corn tortillas with pico de gallo and sliced avocado or as a Rice Bowl with beans, cheese, avocado, salsa and of course hot sauce! This recipe was so simple and would be a great weeknight dinner. Throw it all in the crock pot and it’s ready when you get home. It also makes quite a bit and freezes well.

At Aynie’s our most popular Hot Entrée is the Chicken Fajita Bar. We send this out with Cilantro Lime Rice and our Santa Fe Salad with all the toppings, chicken and peppers and onions on the side. Our salsa, yep we make that too! For January we expanded our Fajita Bar to the Fajita Salad Bar. It has been tremendously popular.

What makes our Fajita Bar so good? When you order we get to work. We don’t pre-slice a case of peppers and onions and let them sit in our walk-in cooler until an order comes. We slice, season and cook them that day. We zest and squeeze fresh limes in Jasmine rice right before it goes out the door for delivery. Have you ever noticed how fresh our Black Bean Salad is? Yes, we made it for your order.

How about something different for lunch at your next meeting? Try our Fajita Salad Bar or our Fajita Bar. Either is sure to be hit with your office and we are excited to bring you our fresh flavors.

 

 

Why Delicious, Fresh Food Is the Key Ingredient to Any Corporate Event

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Walking into a holiday party, the first thing you hear as you enter is the buzz of conversation. Your family and friends are gathered around the food on the table or congregating in the kitchen, all chatting back and forth, filling the air with laughter.

This is the power of food in our community.

Throughout history, sharing a meal with people is one of the most authentic, yet simple, ways to bring each other together. It starts conversations so you can get get to know the people in your lives.

It’s no different for corporate events. Want to build the morale of your office? All that event requires is good food (and a place to eat it), because good food creates a good time for everyone involved.

Food is necessary for life. Food is a universal language that welcomes all to the table. And you don’t have to be a foodie to love the meal and the connections it creates.

Sharing Food Builds Trust

In each of our lives, we share meals with those closest to us — typically our family and friends — whether it is everyday, to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries, or on holidays. Sharing food and thoughts with people requires a sense of trust, and this new trust breaks down barriers, allowing people to get to better understand each other.

Therefore it’s only natural that food would have the same effect at a corporate event, where trust is crucial for people who need to rely upon one another on a daily basis to do their best work. Food lays out the foundation for these kind of connections to happen.

Sharing a meal at a corporate event allows people to slow down from the everyday rush of the corporate grind and simply enjoy the event with the people they are with. Food is comforting and creates a more open environment for people to open up to one another.

For example, it’s difficult to share about your life when you and your co-workers are swamped on a regular day at the office. But over food it’s easier to let others get to know you and vice versa.

A meal is an exchange of ideas, memories, and laughs. This newfound trust means that teams can function even more effectively and successfully after eating together.

The idea of pulling up a chair to sit at the table evokes a feeling of inclusiveness that you can only find in this setting. For many people sharing a meal is associated with family and translating this same emotion of acceptance goes a long way in the office! Feeling comfortable amongst your coworkers also boosts your confidence at work.

Good Food Is A Conversation Starter

The open conversations that happen over a meal foster a meaningful work relationship that has quite long lasting effects. The trust created over simply sharing great cuisine carries over to work, where people can feel more confident in proposing ideas and, overall, are more engaged.

For this reason, food takes any party from good to great. No matter the meal, meaningful conversations are bound to happen.

Many times, the food is the conversation starter. People sharing their favorite foods, restaurants, recipes, and, most likely, memories. Food plays a huge role in everyone’s life and is symbolic of many special moments.

As mentioned earlier food is closely tied to many people’s idea of family. Whether you grew up learning to cook with your grandmother, cooked Thanksgiving dinner yourself, or had delicious meals to celebrate an important milestone in your life, food is with you at all of these special times.

Food is also a huge part of culture around the world. Sharing a meal is sharing your culture and it is essential to our identity. Food sustains us, and enriches our lives. This is why food at any event builds on a community.  

Because food is linked to so many aspects of our lives, everyone will have something to share– in this way particularly, food proves to be a universal language without any limits.

Quality Time Happens Over Meals

When your team is busy and feeling overwhelmed on a daily basis, it can be easy to simply just get pizza and call it a day for your corporate event. The idea of gathering together, though, and spending quality time means you need a meal that gets people to sit down and talk.

Whereas a piece of pizza can be eaten on the go, our corporate catering meals and different items in each order are designed to be sat down and talked over.

This way your team can gather together to intentionally be present, and this creates friendships and strengthens them. This kind of experience is closely tied with cooperation and unity that transcends any barriers.

Great food that gets your staff to sit down together at a corporate event is where your coworkers become more like friends.

Also, sitting down and enjoying a meal with those you spend your days working with is actually beneficial to your mental health. Socializing over food allows you to destress, helping you to live more in the moment. So take that extra helping and stay a while!

Delicious Food Persuades People To Show Up

However, the most important reason that fresh, quality food is essential for any corporate event is because everyone really loves food. If it’s a non-mandatory meeting and the food doesn’t live up to expectations, good luck getting a lot of your staff to come. But it’s the opposite and easy to fill the room when they know fresh catering is on the way.

Going to an event with great food gives your employees something to look forward to. And no one wants miss the opportunity to have a fantastic meal.

Also, no event is complete without good eats. That’s why most parties doesn’t truly start until the food arrives. It starts conversations, and conversations start friendships, fostering trust and esteem.

Food is a necessity for life to continue and fantastic food is a necessity to any event.

So pass the salt and spark up a conversation. Don’t let boring food hold you back. Ordering unbelievable catered food from Aynie’s is the perfect way to strengthen your company’s morale and give back to your employees who work so hard.

Want fresh catered food that you can taste the difference with? Order from Aynie’s Catering for your work meetings and corporate events in Cincinnati, OH and the surrounding area.

Hello January!

I love the New Year and the tradition of looking back and reflecting on the past twelve months. The good, the bad and the ugly are always clearer in hindsight. It’s an opportunity to reset, refresh and set new goals for ourselves.

Each month as we prepare our new monthly features for the following menu cycle we consider many factors.

What produce is in season? What trends are we seeing in Cincinnati and around the country? And for January, how can we offer new menu options that are in line with what our customers are seeking for the new year?

We can’t help you exercise more but we can make ordering food easier with our new website (check it out: www.aynies.com) and our fresh options.

It is important at Aynie’s Corporate Catering to have not only delicious, fresh food but also visually appealing food. Since pomegranates are in season through February, this month we are offering the Pomegranate, Orange Salad with Feta cheese and toasted almonds. We love the pop of color from the fresh sliced oranges and pomegranate seeds.

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This salad is a great Boxed Lunch and is also awesome as a side with any of our buffets.

Pomegranates are considered a superfood because of their high levels of antioxidants, Vitamin C and potassium. Additionally, they have a tart sweetness that is a great addition to any healthy eating plan. Add to guacamole for a little burst of sweet to counter the heat of the peppers. You can also add pomegranate seeds to your yogurt or oatmeal in the morning for a new twist on breakfast. Since we have pomegranates at the store, I have been spreading avocado on wheat toast and sprinkling the pomegranate seeds on top…score!

Another new favorite at the store is our Winter Wheat Berry Salad. What are wheat berries? These delicious, chewy little bites are the source of all wheat products and have a sweet, nutty flavor. They are not gluten free but are chock full of nutrients, protein and fiber. Wheat berries are literally the wheat kernel before all the goodness is stripped away to make flour. They are also a wonderful base for any grain salad, stir fry or pilaf.

This month, Aynie’s Corporate Catering has paired wheat berries with roasted sweet potatoes and butternut squash, dried fruit, crunchy fresh veggies and tossed with a honey, lemon vinaigrette. This hearty salad is satisfying as a side with any of our buffets or as a Boxed Lunch.

Want to try wheat berries at home? There are tons of recipes online but my favorite is the Wheat Berry Salad with Roast Chicken and Dried Cherries. We add creamy goat cheese, toasted pecans and of course, Aynie’s White Balsamic Vinaigrette for a quick, easy dinner in my house. Wheat berries can take up to an hour to simmer but are worth the time. Once cooked they hold well and can even be frozen.

Try something new in 2018. Aynie’s loves to work with different ingredients and bring interest to our menu. Want a sample? Just ask!

Catering fatigue? Aynie’s has the answer!

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Are you experiencing Catering Fatigue at the office?  It is easy to fall into the routine of ordering from chain catering companies. I get it. It’s easy.

It’s also pretty boring and let’s face it, often unappealing.

We’ve all been in the meeting with the over processed turkey sandwiches with limp pasta salad and premade cookies.

The benefit of being a small corporate caterer in Cincinnati is that we can customize our entire menu to fit your event or meeting.

At Aynie’s Corporate Catering, our speciality is Corporate Catering. Creating menus for corporate events is what we do.

We aren’t a “part time” or “sometimes” caterer who really does weddings or retail. There is a difference in the attention to detail and ability to customize for your group, while consistently making our customers happy.

We use the highest quality ingredients and prepare them to order—no tubs of pasta salad, precut fruit and cheap deli meat here!

Do you have a meeting? We deliver all over the Cincinnati Tri-State area. Because we are a locally owned, small business, we can prepare small or large batches to order.  

Need a nut free option? Gluten free? Want to keep it light but are sick of serving sandwiches? Give us a try!

We love to talk to our customers and receive feedback and suggestions.  It’s one way we keep it fresh and continue to refine our service.  

Aynie’s Catering also creates a unique monthly menu using seasonal ingredients. Every month we scour Cincinnati and the web for new recipes and trends.

New for January are Aynie’s Fabulous Bowls. Served warm, perfect for January, and filled with nourishing seasonal ingredients that won’t leave your group feeling sluggish. Want a more substantial option? Back for a limited time, Aynie’s Meatloaf. As always, prepared to order and served with Smashed Redskin Potatoes and Steamed Veggies.  

Check out our January Features menuPotential customers… call us! We want to earn your business.

We have many options from Fabulous Boxed Lunches to All Inclusive Buffets with fresh sides and salads to Hot Entrees, Soups made in house (not from a bag) Breakfast and All Day Meeting Plans.  

Don’t see what you are looking for, give us a call (513)253-6955 or email [email protected] and let us help you create a successful meeting/corporate event or add you to our email list to receive Monthly Features and specials.

Cinco de Mayo at Aynie’s Catering

Thursday, May 5th is Mexican Independence Day.

Cinco de Mayo also is a perfect opportunity to order Aynie’s Fajita Bar for your corporate catering event!

If you have at least ten people to feed, Aynie’s Fajita Bar is a great way to meet even your pickiest eater’s needs. Meat eaters will enjoy our seasoned steak or chicken. If you have a large crowd, order half chicken and half beef. Sauteed peppers and onions are served separately for people who are finicky.

The Santa Fe Salad has corn and black bean salsa with avocado, cheddar cheese and green onions served on mixed greens. Add a half pan of seasoned black beans for your veggie lovers.

Concepcion’s authentic guacamole recipe is delicious. Served with two bags of tortilla chips, one order is enough to satisfy ten coworkers.

Make your May corporate catering a hit—order the Fajita Bar from Aynie’s Catering.

Aynie’s Black and Blue Salad

Looking for a new salad choice for your corporate catering event?

Aynie’s Black and Bleu Salad may be the perfect choice.

Blackened sirloin, crisped bacon, mild bleu cheese, and tomatoes top crisp mixed greens to create Aynie’s Black and Bleu Salad. Our chef, Holly, creates bleu cheese dressing from scratch as the perfect topping.

Aynie’s Catering has many fabulous salad choices—we create exceptional salads, which are beautiful centerpieces for any catering event. You may order this fresh salad as part of an all inclusive buffet with your choice of soup and Joyce’s fresh baked bread.

Aynie’s Seasonal Salad menu for the month of April lists our Black and Bleu Salad in larger sizes for your corporate meetings. If you’re treating your office mates or yourself, Aynie’s Black and Bleu also comes as an individual Salad Box and makes a great choice.

Shelf Life? Good or Bad?

Polysorbate 60, Propylene Glycol, Alginate, Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Disodium, EDTA, and more… (???)

The partial ingredient list above is commonly found on the back of prepackaged salad dressing packets.

Can you even pronounce most of these chemical-sounding words? These chemical additives are certainly not part of a healthy diet.

These chemicals add months to the shelf life of prepackaged salad dressings. The shelf life of Aynie’s dressings is only seven days. Why would you want it to be longer?

Aynie’s Catering makes their salad dressings from scratch.

Chef Holly, makes our dressings in our catering kitchen. You will never experience a strange aftertaste from Aynie’s dressings because they are made in house from real ingredients.